Is the GOP the new political party of the working class? | The Tylt
Is the GOP the new political party of the working class?
The Democratic Party has been dealing with an identity crisis since losing handedly in 2016. Many attribute the defeat to the waves of traditionally-Democratic working class voters who chose to abandon the party and support Donald Trump.
“The Democratic Party has lost its footing among working people and allowed the Republican Party to become the party of the working class,” said Robert Bruno, director of the Labor Education Program at the University of Illinois-Chicago. “And that’s an astonishing thing to have to admit.”
But critics argue President Trump has abandoned the populist campaign promises that brought in so many working class voters, and the Republican platform will always be anti-labor.
"[By] disavowing his party’s historic opposition to Social Security, Medicare, infrastructure stimulus, trade protection, and universal health care — Trump kicked bricks out of the Democratic Party’s blue wall... But his dream of turning the GOP into a (white) nationalist party — with economic policies populist enough to earn it a measure of cross-racial appeal — has been dead for months."